Pitt forward Samson George has entered the NCAA transfer portal, the third Pitt player to do so following the end of the 2019-20 season. VerbalCommits.com first reported the news.
George, a junior forward from Minna, Nigeria and a graduate of First Love Christian Academy in Washington, Pa., left the Panthers after three seasons of minimal playing time.
He is expected to graduate from Pitt this spring and will have one season of eligibility remaining as a graduate transfer. George had walked in Pitt’s senior day ceremony to end the regular season, so his departure had been expected.
A 6-foot-7, 222-pound forward, George played in 26 games over his three season in Pittsburgh, averaging 0.9 points and 0.6 rebounds per game. He saw his most extensive playing time as a true freshman in 2017-18, working as the fourth forward in rotation behind Terrell Brown, Kene Chukwuka and Peace Ilegomah after an early season injury to Ryan Luther.
In 2019-20, George was again Pitt’s fourth option at forward, behind Brown, Eric Hamilton and freshman Abdoul Karim Coulibaly.
With George’s departure, Brown will be the only member of the seven-player 2017 freshman class remaining with Pitt.
The departures of Chukwuka, George, Trey McGowens and Ryan Murphy, along with the graduation of Hamilton and one unused scholarship, give the Panthers six to fill in the Class of 2020.
Pitt has four freshman committed to fill those spots in forwards Max Amadasun, Noah Collier and John Hugley and guard Femi Odukale.